While the nation’s job picture has recovered from the depths of the recession, veterans may be having an easier time finding work as well.
Veterans are being recruited most commonly for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs.
The following are the Top 10 positions which hired veterans in 2013:
- IT Manager/Network Administrator: 16 percent
- Customer Service Rep: 14 percent
- Computer Programmer: 14 percent
- Engineer: 13 percent
- Administrative Assistant/Secretary: 13 percent
- Accountant: 13 percent
- Sales Rep: 12 percent
- Other Computer or Internet Specialty: 11 percent
- Mechanic: 10 percent
- Machine Operator/Assembly Worker/Production: 10 percent
CareerBuilder’s Veterans Day Job Forecast found one-third of employers, or 33 percent are actively recruiting veterans, this year. That’s up from 27 percent in last year’s hiring survey.
Companies ranging from Starbucks to Walmart have made pledges to recruit and train tens of thousands of U.S. veterans. In fact, Starbucks says made a commitment to hire at least 10,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2018.
Walmart is saluting our soldiers by planning to hire 100,000 veterans by that time. The retailer has also pledged $20 million through 2015 to support veteran employment and transition opportunities.
Still, 23% of all currently-employed veterans say they are underemployed or in a low-paying job.
That may sound high, but CareerBuilder notes it’s a significant drop from 32 percent who said the same in 2013.